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October 7, 2020 TML Coronavirus Update #134

Posted on October 7, 2020 at 2:01 PM by TML Staff

Urgent Updates


Is there any hope for additional broad federal stimulus before the November election?


It appears not. Yesterday (October 6), President Trump called off via tweet all further negotiations on a federal stimulus deal until after the election. Last Thursday night (October 1), the U.S. House passed the HEROES Act, which included $89.5 billion for cities across the country, among many other things. The HEROES Act was a non-starter with the Senate and the White House, but negotiations on a compromise bill continued through this week. The president’s announcement mostly dashes any remaining hope of a global deal in the near future, though the president did later tweet support for stand-alone components of the larger stimulus package, including relief for airline employees, loans for small businesses, and $1,200 stimulus checks.


Will early voting still begin on October 13? 


Yes. Today (October 7), the Texas Supreme Court rejected the argument of several state officials that Governor Abbott lacked the authority to expand the early voting period and the window for a voter to deliver a ballot voted by mail. In the opinion, Chief Justice Hecht acknowledged that voting is already underway across the state and that “[t]o disrupt the long-planned election procedures as relators would have us do would threaten voter confusion.”


In a separate opinion issued today, the Texas Supreme Court held that the Harris County Clerk lacked the authority to proactively send out applications for mail-in ballots to all registered voters in Harris County.


Further Updates


How has COVID-19 impacted our state’s prosperity and opportunities in the future?


Listen to Margaret Spellings, former U.S. Secretary of Education and President and CEO of Texas 2036, a data-driven long-term planning non-profit, discuss what their research shows are the most important issues facing our state today and tomorrow. She’ll discuss issues like health, broadband, workforce, education, and government performance, and recommend ways cities, businesses, and all Texans can work together to make sure our state is the best place to live and work for years to come. 


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Where can I find archived issues of the TML Coronavirus Updates?


TML Coronavirus Updates are archived by date here and by subject here